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High School Notebook: Wolverine pals eye playing at same college
BY TAFT COGHILL JR.
Anthony Shegog and Brandon Ravenel have been best friends since they played youth football together in Stafford County.
So it should come as no surprise the North Stafford juniors would like to play college football together.
“Brandon and I have talked about playing side by side for a while now,” Shegog said. “It would be a good opportunity, but we don’t know if it’s going to happen or not.”
Shegog, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound safety, has picked up scholarship offers from Virginia, Virginia Tech and East Carolina in the past week.
Ravenel, a 6-foot, 180-pound wide receiver, has yet to collect an offer.
But after Ravenel attended Junior Day at Virginia Tech on Saturday, its coaching staff asked him to return for a one-day camp in June for a chance to earn an offer.
“That should be to Brandon’s advantage,” North Stafford coach Joe Mangano said of the camp setting. “He’s a good route runner. I think he’ll blow them away.”
Shegog, Ravenel and other Fredericksburg-area standouts will be on hand for Virginia’s Junior Day on Saturday.
Shegog and Ravenel were All-Area performers for the Wolverines in 2011. Ravenel caught 59 passes for 1,010 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Mangano said Ravenel and Shegog are both honor students, who are “ready to roll” academically and athletically.
DEUTEL FINDS A HOME
Brooke Point senior quarterback Zach Deutel will play for Norfolk State University, his father, Marc Deutel, said.
Zach had a scholarship offer from Virginia Military Institute. But his father said the opportunity to walk on at a program that reached the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs last season was enticing.
Marc Deutel said NSU coaches have told his son he won’t redshirt next season, and he’ll have a chance to earn the starting position.
Zach’s also set to earn academic scholarship funds, his father said.
“It’s a good opportunity,” Marc Deutel said. “A lot of people don’t know that’s a program on the rise.”
Zach (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) was a first-team All-Area selection last season. He led the area in passing yards (3,153) and touchdowns (39).
“Obviously he was a real productive player for us,” Brooke Point coach Jeff Berry said. “And he’s one of the toughest kids I’ve ever coached. He deserves only good things to happen to him.”
AREA STARS HONORED
Several players from the Fredericksburg area have earned all-state recognition from the Virginia High School Coaches Association.
Brooke Point junior wide receiver Tyus White was named to the all-Group AAA team after recording 82 receptions for 1,382 yards and 24 touchdowns.
He was joined on the all-state team by Colonial Forge senior defensive back Trey Reed.
James Monroe senior wide receiver A’darius Brown and senior defensive back Julian Bumbrey were named to the all-Group AA team. They were joined by Courtland defensive lineman Chris Kernisky.
Courtland offensive lineman Jonathan Burton, JM running back Ethan Preston, JM defensive lineman Ryheem Perrin and Liberty defensive lineman Wyatt Teller were named to the second team.
PERDUE MAKES HIS PICK
Brooke Point senior defensive lineman Josh Perdue will play for Division III Salisbury (Md.) University, Berry said. Perdue was a first-team all-Commonwealth District and all-Northwest Region selection last season.
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